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Handling and disposing of hazardous waste materials requires a special set of regulations due to the potential damage they can cause to people, pets and the environment. It is important to follow the hazardous waste disposal methods the City provides for the materials listed here.

Household Hazardous Waste Events

Residents can bring their hazardous waste to Household Hazardous Waste Events throughout the City. 

All events are open from 9am to 3pm.


2018 Regional Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

The Counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia have partnered together to host 30+ collection events for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). This collaboration allows residents of each County the opportunity to attend any of the events hosted in the region.

Typical Materials Accepted at HHW Events

Computer Electronics and Televisions No Longer Accepted at HHW Events

If you have any computer electronics and Televisions to dispose of, please bring them to the Sanitation Convenience Centers.

Donate your used computer to the Freedom Rings Partnership – an organization providing broadband access and Internet training to low-income residents. Learn how to donate.

Paint and Paint Related Materials

  • Solvent-based paints and stains
  • Paint thinner
  • Varnish
  • Paint stripper and paint brush cleaners
    (NOTE: Latex paint is not hazardous.)
  • Lawn and Garden Project and Outdoor Products
  • Pesticides (fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides)
  • Chemical fertilizers
  • Grill type propane cylinders (up to 20 lbs.)
  • Swimming pool chemicals

Kitchen, Bathroom Products and Cleaning Solvents

  • Cleaning solvents
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Bathroom and tile cleaner
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Oven cleaners
  • Drain cleaners

Automotive Products

  • Used motor oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Auto body repair products
  • Brake fluid
  • Degreasers

Flammable Materials

  • Kerosene
  • Old gasoline

Other Materials

  • Fluorescent Light Tubes (transport in original box if possible) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)
  • PCBs
  • Dioxin forming compounds
  • Mercury
  • Asbestos (Non-Friable Only) for Information on proper asbestos removal, go to City of Philadelphia Health Department's web site
  • Artists' paints
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Lead products, including solder, fishing weights, and similar items
  • Household Batteries
  • Rechargeable computer and cell phone batteries
  • Button cell batteries used for hearing aids, watches, and calculators
    (NOTE: Household batteries size D, C, AA, AAA and 9 volt are not considered hazardous.)

Other Household Products

  • Moth balls
  • Stain and spot removers

Used Motor Oil Drop-off Site Information

How is Household Hazardous Waste Managed?

Management Method Percentage Household Hazardous Material Class
Fuels Blending 30% Flammables, Solvent Based Paints, Aerosol cans
Recycling 20% Used Oil, Antifreeze, Solvent Based Paint, Cylinders, Lead Acid Bat
Wastewater Treatment 3% Acids, Bases, and Oxidizers
Solidification and Landfilling 20% Latex Paint
Hazardous Waste Incineration 2% Pesticides and any Acute Hazardous Materials
Landfill as Residual Waste 25% Non-Regulated Materials and Household Batteries

Hazardous Waste Links


USEPA Region III HHW Web Page


Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation

USEPA Chemical In Your Home

USEPA Product Label Guide

Bucks County

Chester County

Delaware County

Montgomery County